Ruth Tukey Bates Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Tukey Bates, Ruth S., Mrs.
Ruth Tukey Bates collection
1894, 1899, 1928-1939, undated
0.25 Cubic feet 16 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Ruth Schweigert Tukey Bates was born on July 9, 1910 in Detroit, Michigan. She earned her B.A. from Ithaca College, her M.A. in Music (1948) and her Ph.D in Educational Psychology (1961) from Michigan State University. She was married to Harold B. Tukey (horticulture professor and department chair from 1945-1963) who died in 1971. They had five children. In 1973, she was married to Emmert Warren Bates, senior vice president of Litton Educational Publishing Company. On July 7, 1999 she died and is buried in the Woodland Memorial Park, Woodland, Barry County, Michigan.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs of professors and students from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University).

Edgar Burnett graduated in 1887 and later taught livestock.

Lyster Dewey graduated 1888 and went with W. J. Beal on the 1888 expedition to survey Michigan's cutover forest. Perry Holden graduated in 1889 and worked with and taught field crops. William Holdsworth graduated in 1878 and was professor of drawing and design and worked at M.A.C. from 1887 to 1907. Agnes Hunt was a professor of domestic science from 1910 to 1915.

Jane Sinclair served as librarian from 1889 to 1891. Vadim Sobennikoff graduated in 1897 and returned to Russia as engineer. Levi Taft was at M.A.C. from 1888 to 1919 and was a professor of horticulture and Superintendent of Farmers Institutes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 2007

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Transferred by Ruth Tukey Bates.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College. Students.
  • Michigan State College. Students.
  • Michigan State University. Students.


  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Burnett, Edgar Albert, 1865-1941
  • Dewey, Lyster H., (Lyster Hoxie), 1865-1944
  • Holden, P. G., (Perry Greeley), 1865-1959
  • Holdsworth, William
  • Hunt, Agnes
  • Sinclair, Jane
  • Sobennikoff, Vadim
  • Taft, L. R., (Levi Rawson), 1859-

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Collection Inventory


Collection Photographs

Michigan State University. Alumni. Patriarchs 

Michigan State University. Labor Holiday, 1937 

People. Burnett, Edgar A. 

People. Dewey, L. H. 

People. Durand, Mrs. 

People. Groups. 

People. Holden, Mr. and Mrs. Perry G. 

People. Holdsworth, William and Son 

People. Hunt, Agnes 

People. Miles, Manly. Memorial plaque 

People. Morrow, George E. 

People. Noble, Prof. and Mrs. 

People. Potter, Mr. and Mrs. T. E. 

People. Sinclair, Jane S. 

People. Sobennikoff, Vadim A. 

People. Taft, Levi R. 

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